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I’m so excited to announce “Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat” is officially available in book stores across the globe! :) And I'd love to share the story of how it came to be...

Back in 2013, after returning home from my first nine-day silent meditation retreat, I was attempting to process a series of very profound experiences. A few of my friends were curious about what it was like being on a silent meditation retreat, so I started writing a simple email detailing my experiences and sharing the struggles I’d gone through in trying to maintain my sense of compassion during them (for both myself and others).

Thirty-five pages into the email, I realized, hey—maybe this isn’t just an email I’m writing here… And I was struck by this palpable (and unexpected) sense of purpose—so strong that I was overcome by tears of gratitude and joy when I realized that I wasn’t just writing about my experiences and insights for me and the benefit of a few close friends…. I was writing about them to share with people all over the world—because they might be able to benefit from them, too.
In 20+ years of writing, I’d never experienced anything as powerful as that moment.

So, over the course of the next nine months, I wrote and edited the material, taught myself the ins and outs of self-publishing, and then on Valentine’s Day in 2014—as a gesture of love toward myself—I released the book with the title, “The Mindfulness Diaries: How I Survived My First Nine-Day Silent Meditation Retreat.”

The process of writing and self-publishing “The Mindfulness Diaries” was (at that time), hands-down, the most satisfying and self-empowering thing I’d ever done for myself. I loved and savored every step of the process of bringing that book to life. And I had zero attachment to any particular outcome or result coming from it. The very act of connecting with such a clear sense of purpose, then following through with writing it and putting it out into the world was its own reward. And it showed me the wisdom in placing value in process over results—which I’ve since come to realize is one of the keys to my happiness.

So, here I am, a little over three years from the original book’s pub date. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s publishing company Parallax Press has acquired the book and has helped elevate the material to a whole new level, and now it’s being re-introduced to the world in a way I’d never imagined when I first sat down to write that original post-retreat email.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every person who has helped support me and the process of getting this material out into the world—in each of its forms. I'm so proud of the distance this little book has traveled with all of your help—and I’m so humbly grateful for the lessons it has taught (and continues to teach) me along the way.

(And now for the hard work of trying not to get attached to what happens next).

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I'm so beyond thrilled to be working with +Michael Taft and the incredible team at Wisdom Labs as the content editor on their new podcast for folks in the workplace. "Wise@Work" focuses on interviews and topics that can help anybody create a wiser, more thoughtful work environment. It's equal parts practical—and inspiring. And I'm so excited it's out in the world. Take a listen, and let me know what you think!

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I recently had the privilege of chatting about the intersection of writing and mindfulness on NPR's "Words on Wire." Absolutely loved the opportunity to talk about these two topics - all in one place!

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While the holidays are certainly about warmth, celebration, and love, they also create a stark deliberation of the passing of time. Today, guest contributor Kenzo An shares how meditation and reflection can be used to help shape the new year.

"I love this powerful time when we transition from one year into the next. In my country, whether or not you celebrate the end-of-year holidays, the unmistakable essence of a kind of finality fills the air. And in a similar way, whatever your beliefs or background, experiencing some sense of uncharted possibility at the New Year seems unavoidable. For a mundane but ubiquitous example, it’s when gyms always experience their biggest bump in new memberships!

I want to share with you how I’ve been engaging the momentum of this period to catalyze transformation. And my meditation practice is absolutely central to the way I’m doing this."

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It's not about the absence of fear, but rather being able to stay impartial when the panic sets in.

Mindfulness is useful in overcoming anxiety, but the right expectations are required.

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Success Magazine featured an (adapted) excerpt from my book! :)

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I had a blast on the Tranquility du Jour podcast chatting about how to set up a home meditation retreat, what to bring to a group retreat, and why retreats serve as “metaphysical tune-ups.” Check it out! :)

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In the About Meditation newsletter this week, contributor Kenzo An discusses how his vision correction surgery transformed more than just his eyesight.

"Until last month, I’ve been wearing eyeglasses since I was 7 years old. I liked them at first because they made me look like Brainy Smurf, who was clearly smart.

But as I grew older, so did my nearsightedness. By my awkward teenage years, my glasses became coke bottle telescopes. While contact lenses helped with my looks, they didn’t change that I was more or less blind without them.

But through corrective surgery, 35 years later, I can now SEE. I wanted to share some of my process with you because I feel it sheds light on how we create our identity and how meditation can facilitate our transformation."

Read more here…

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This week's About Meditation contributor Julia Rymut writes, "Sometimes, your practice gets stuck... You have your practice and you have your life, and no matter what you do, the gap between the two can feel quite vast.

As soon as you leave your cushion and life hits, you move straight out of mindfulness and into your habitual thought patterns.

Walking meditation forms a bridge between the two."

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